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The first time I ever came to Canvey was about 1973/74 when I was a degaussing wren attached to HMS President in London. As members of the WRNR we were training on the Canvey Loop, as it was called. The loop was a very simple device, designed to monitor merchant ships.
Little did I know then that I would end up working on Canvey in later life!!

By maz morgan
On 27/06/2008

My seafaring career started aboard a new British ship in 1948. She was not equipped with degaussing and at that time I guess it was considered to be unnecessary. Older vessels in which I subsequently served still had degaussing coils in the tween decks left from WW2. The company built all new tonnage at British yards and later ships delivered in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s were all fitted with degaussing at MOD expense at the time of building. I eventually found myself in the Marine Superintendents Department where one of my responsibilities was to report any of our ships departing from London to enable ranging to take place on passing Canvey Island. At some stage the MOD considered it unnecessary for degaussing to be monitored, the tension of the cold war having become more relaxed. Interestingly whenever a ship was sold to foreign owners the degaussing gear was removed in accordance with MOD requirements and the valuable non ferrous metals were taken over by the MOD. In a few instances when a ship was disposed of at a remote and distant overseas port the British authorities would consider removal to be uneconomical and the value of the non ferrous materials were left for the benefit of the new owners benefit. I trust my comments will be of some interest.

By Alan Burroughs
On 16/10/2013

Hello A quandry. Dave Bullock refers to the degausing station as WW2. This was my belief until I noticed an aerial photo on the wall of the bay museum. It shows St Nicholas church but does not include the de gausing station. The church wasn't built until 1960. When I pointed this out to Dave and Allan of the museum they were kind enough to present me with a copy. Pop along and have a look, they're nice people. Regards Sparrow

By sparrow
On 16/10/2013

Thanks Sparrow. We know all about the Bay Museum Sparrow, we work closely with them. This article was written a long time ago.

By Janet Penn
On 16/10/2013